Accession Number : ADA311382

Title :   Sexual Harassment in the Marine Corps: Results of a 1994 Survey.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. May 93-May 94,

Corporate Author : NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Thomas, Patricia J. ; Le, Sharon K.

PDF Url : ADA311382

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : The purpose of this study was to analyze the sexual harassment items in the Marine Corps Equal Opportunity Survey (MCEOS). This survey was developed and administered to monitor sexual harassment among Marine Corps personnel, along with associated issues. The MCEOS was patterned after the Navy Equal Opportunity/Sexual Harassment (NEOSH) Survey. It was mailed in May 1994 to over 10,000 active duty Marines. Responses were weighted by gender, paygrade, and racial/ethnic group before computing percentages for relevant subgroups. The results are very similar to those obtained with the 1993 NEOSH Survey. Women were sexually harassed more often than men, enlisted more often than officers, Caucasian women more often than Black women, and personnel in the lower paygrades/ranks more often than their seniors. Generalized sexual harassment was more common than harassment targeted at individuals. Perpetrators were most likely to be fellow Marines. Victims of sexual harassment rarely filed a complaint whereas those that did were usually not satisfied with the manner in which it was handled. It was recommended that: (1) the Marine Corps continue to monitor sexual harassment through the administration of the MCEOS biennially; (2) the results of the 1994 MCEOS be used in training; and (3) the source of dissatisfaction with the complaint system be determined.

Descriptors :   *MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL, *INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS, *SEXUAL HARASSMENT, DECISION MAKING, SOCIAL COMMUNICATION, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), MORALE, SURVEYS, FEAR, NAVAL RESEARCH, ETHNIC GROUPS, JUDGEMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), WOMEN, PERCEPTION, MARINE CORPS TRAINING, AWARENESS, MILITARY PSYCHOLOGY, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), VERBAL BEHAVIOR, ADJUSTMENT(PSYCHOLOGY), ROLES(BEHAVIOR), CAUCASIANS, ANXIETY, EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY, DEFENSE MECHANISMS(PSYCHOLOGY), FRUSTRATION, BLACKS(RACIAL GROUP).

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE